- Walking barefoot in wet public areas. Walking without shoes in swimming pools, showers or gyms can increase your chances of a fungal infection.
- Sweating heavily. If your feet are constantly sweaty, fungus will be more likely to survive and thrive near your toes in your shoe.
- Diabetes. Diabetes restricts the flow of blood to the extremities. Because of this, your immune system will be less prepared to fight off the fungal infection.
- Poor shoes. If you wear shoes that do not ventilate or effectively absorb perspiration well, fungus will be able to thrive near your feet.
Options To Treat Fungal Toenails
One of the most common foot problems we see is bunions, which also referred to as Hallux Valgus. The bunion is a prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint. The bone, which protrudes towards the inside of the foot, can sometimes push the big toe under or over the second toe.
Although bunions are a common foot deformity, there are many misconceptions about them. People may even go about their lives not realizing they have a bunion, because it does not initially cause pain. Bunions are a progressive disorder in which the bump becomes increasingly prominent. Symptoms usually appear at later stages, but some people may not exhibit any.
Treating Your Bunion: Tips from Your Podiatrist
Since bunions are bone deformities, they do not resolve by themselves. The first goal of bunion treatment is to relieve the pressure and pain that is caused by irritations, while the second is to stop any progressive growth of the enlargement. Some common methods used for treating your bunion and reducing pressure include:
- Protective padding to eliminate the friction against shoes and help alleviate inflammation and skin problems.
- Removal of corns and calluses on the foot.
- Carefully fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion and not contribute toward its growth.
- Orthotic devices to help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position for walking and standing.
- Exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis.
- Splints for nighttime wear to help the toes and joint align properly.
When early treatments fail, or your bunion begins to worsen over time, a consultation with your podiatrist will be needed. Depending on the size of the enlargement and pain, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. It is important to not ignore foot pain, as it can worsen over time. Protect your feet and seek treatment immediately.
Ouch, ouch, ouch! You were running, hit a patch of uneven pavement and twisted your ankle hard. You need medical attention from your podiatrist in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Edward Orman. You may have sprained your ankle, and while this is a common injury, don't ignore it. Take advantage of the skilled and compassionate care provided by the team at Honeygo Podiatry.
Signs of an ankle sprain
When sudden force twists your ankle, the ligaments and tendons which support your lower extremity may be stretched or even torn. This is a classic ankle sprain, giving you symptoms of:
- Ankle instability (wobbling from side to side)
- Inability to support your body weight
- Limitations in range of motion (the ankle feels stiff)
With any combination of these symptoms, contact your podiatrist in Baltimore, MD, right away. He'll give you immediate advice and a same-day appointment at Honeygo Podiatry if needed. At the office, Dr. Orman will visually inspect your foot and ankle and take X-rays to determine the exact nature of your ankle injury.
Treating an ankle sprain
The American Academy of Family Physicians says that acute ankle injuries number more than 2 million annually in the United States. Proper and immediate treatment helps avoid long-term disability.
For the simplest of ankle sprains, Dr. Orman recommends RICE:
- Ice (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off) to reduce swelling
- Compression bandages to support and protect
- Elevation to reduce swelling
Additionally, some patients require crutches to avoid placing weight on the injured ankle for a pre-determined amount of time. Casting or wearing a lace-up boot provides extra support for a severe sprain, and surgery to repair torn connective tissue helps the most serious of injuries. Dr. Orman is board-certified in foot and ankle surgery; so you can trust his expertise. Whether you need surgery or not, exercise and physical therapy help strengthen sprained ankles and speed healing, too.
Preventing ankle sprains
Athletic or not, you owe it to yourself to stretch your lower extremities before you exercise. Additionally, stay in good condition. Avoid gaining excess weight, and if you begin a program of strenuous exercise, do so gradually. Wear well-supporting and well-fitting shoes that are in good condition. Finally, if you know your ankles tend to be weak, wear ankle supports, or ask Dr. Orman if shoe orthotics (inserts) would keep your ankles from rolling and twisting.
Whatever your need...
Podiatrist Dr. Edward Orman and his staff will help your feet and ankles stay at their best. For a routine podiatric exam, or if you have an urgent problem, please call Honeygo Podiatry in Baltimore, MD at (410) 529-4141.
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
Practice Routine Foot Care
- Wash your feet daily with warm water. Whenever you get your feet wet, make sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
- Keep skin soft and smooth with foot cream (ask your podiatrist for suggestions). Apply it to the tops and bottoms of your feet. Do not put lotion between the toes to avoid causing an infection.
- Scrub your feet, especially the heels, with a foot scrubber or pumice stone on a regular basis to remove calluses and dead skin.
- Trim toenails once a week, cutting the nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
- In the sun, apply sunscreen to protect your exposed feet.
- To keep you feet dry and odor free, make use of products like foot powders and sprays.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
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